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Answering the call to serve

Local veteran discusses World War II, ministry

November 11, 2013
By Dorothy McKnight - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - When he was a mere 19 years old, Fred Coates left home to join the Army and engage in battle with the enemy in the midst of World War II. Coates may have turned in his service rifle many years ago, but since then, he has been engaged for the past 60 years in what he considers even more serious warfare - the battle as a pastor for the souls of men, women and children wherever he can find them.



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